Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Malvaceae

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Kydia calycina Roxb.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Orbicular, Ovate

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Crenate

Habit : A small or moderate sized deciduous tree.

Habitat and Distribution : Occasional on deforested slopes, in mixed and deciduous forests up to 1100m. India and Burma.

Indigenous Information : The honey will be thick and sweet. Leaves are eaten by the elephant, sambar deer and bison. Used for fire wood.

Other relevent information : Bark yields fibre.

 

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Names:

English : Roxburgh's Kydia
Irula : Bendai
Tamil : Vattakannu
Hindi : Pula

Flower:

In axillary or terminal panicles, white. Flowering from September-November.

Fruit :

A capsule, depressed-globose, winged, wooly. Seeds reniform, brown, persistent for months.

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Malvaceae